Mourne Conservation Youth Summer Scheme


Mourne Heritage Trust announces the launch of the 2016 Youth Ranger Scheme, a great opportunity for young people in Mourne to learn about their local natural heritage and get involved in practical tasks to protect it.

Now in its 11th year, the Mourne Youth Ranger Scheme offers 14-16 year olds the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a Ranger in the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as picking up some valuable skills and experience. Dave Farnan, Area Ranger for the Mourne Heritage Trust, said about the scheme ‘This is a great opportunity for young people in Mourne to get involved with the practical work MHT undertakes to help maintain and protect the area and gain an understanding and appreciation of this special landscape’.

The programme will offer the ‘Mourne Youth Rangers’ one day a week of practical environmental work through the summer and will get participants actively engaged in activities like clearing scrub to restore natural habitats, carrying out maintenance of mountain trails and learning about the unique Mourne environment. The scheme is free to the participants due to the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund.

Alan Whitcroft, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Mourne Heritage Trust’s Active Lifestyles Programme, said ‘we are very pleased that continued support from Big Lottery for our Active Lifestyles Programme allows us to run this scheme into its eleventh year. Thanks also to the John Muir Trust who enable us to offer our Youth Rangers the John Muir Award for participation in this environmental activity’.

2015 Youth Rangers on a vegetation survey exercise with MHT Staff

Volunteer Co-ordinator Rachel Bolt, who will also be leading the activities, added ‘The numbers that we can take on the Youth Ranger Scheme are limited so we would urge those interested to collect an application pack from our Annalong office at Cornmill Quay, request one by e-mail from or download on-line at and return the completed application as soon as possible, no later than the closing date of 28th June 2016.’